June 28, 2012
NOTICE OF PROPOSED REGULATION CHANGES
TO: All Interested Persons and Parties
FROM: Spud Woodward
SUBJECT: Notice of Rule Making for Saltwater Fishing Regulations
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to authority set forth below, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources proposes amendments to the Rules of Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division, Chapter 391-2-4, Saltwater Fishing Regulations. This is a notice of proposed amendments to the rules to reflect the deliberations of the Coastal Committee of the Board of Natural Resources at its June 26, 2012 meeting.
These amendments are being promulgated under the authority of Title 27, Section 27-1-4 of the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated. Chapter 391-2-4 is being extensively amended in response to House Bill 869, which Governor Deal signed into law on May 1, 2012. This bill amended Georgia law to allow the Department greater flexibility to manage saltwater fishing in a timely manner similar to the way that freshwater fishing and hunting are currently managed. The proposed amendments will not change any current recreational saltwater fishing regulations and only one commercial saltwater fishing regulation. This change is an increase in the quantity of live bait shrimp that may be transported via vehicle between commercial bait shrimp dealers from 50 quarts to 200 quarts.
A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held in Midway, Georgia on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Written, public comment will be received through Friday, August 31, 2012. Comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. Following the comment period, the Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rule on September 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM at its Board Room located at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 1252, Atlanta, Georgia.
Mail or email comments to: Doug Haymans, Coastal Resources Division
One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520.